‘Outsiders, Imposters and Aliens’ presents art that is created not by choice but by circumstance. It suggests that we are all, in some way, viewing our lives from the outside, pretending to be what we are not, forever destined to be alien. The exhibition presents works by eight artists who focus on individuals and groups who have been marginalized when the mainstream’s beliefs and interests dominate their own. The works featured encompass the feelings of alienation and detachment that human existence can bring. Internal battles, grapples with self-identity and unlikely sympathies arise as the artists reflect on their own beliefs and interests. This is more than an exhibition of purely aesthetic work. Each work hints at a greater story that remains hidden in the artist’s mind. However as a group exhibiting together, they are able to suggest that feeling like an outsider is, paradoxically, a common experience that binds us all.
The gallery is a safe space. Don’t be scared. There is refuge in art.
Bev Shroot and Louise Thoeming
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